LIBERTY — Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, an evil witch, Rapunzel and Jack with his magic beans cross paths in the classic mashup “Into the Woods.”

Desperate for a child, a baker and his wife make a deal with the evil witch who lives next door. She reveals to them a curse was cast on the baker’s father years ago for robbing the witch’s garden, resulting in the family being barren.

To lift the curse, the witch tells the baker she needs four items he can find in the woods. So the baker sets off to find a cow white as milk, a cape red as blood, hair yellow as corn and the slipper pure as gold. Finding some success, those in the woods each get what they were seeking. However, everything comes at a cost. Realizing the consequences, the tale thrusts them all back into the woods introducing Cinderella, Prince Charming, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty to the mix.

“I play the wolf,” senior Jayden Hayes said. “The most difficult is definitely forgetting what it’s like to be a normal human and how it feels to be an animal character.”

After convincing Little Red Riding Hood to take a different route in a performance of “Hello, Little Girl,” Hayes lets out a howl toward the heavens and carries on to grandmother’s house.

“It’s just different from anything I’ve ever done,” Hayes said. “I didn’t know howling was hard, it seems so simple but it’s such an unnatural noise.”

Having been part of previous productions including “Mamma Mia,” Hayes said in addition to the music, his favorite part is making really good friends.

“People that I really just don’t talk to or are freshmen and just came in who I probably never would have talked to if I didn’t have the show,” he explained.

Depicting wolves, girls, witches and bloody situations, costumes required a lot of work.

“There is a knit scarf, this will be a knit hat,” junior Charlotte Brookins said pointing out a ball of yarn and needles. “I’m working on blooding some aprons for Little Red and Grandmother and I’ve also helped with making some other costumes for Cinderella’s father and for Lucinda, one of the step-sisters.”

Brookins said the most difficult part of doing costumes is keeping herself calm and not stressing out.

“Things are coming up soon and I definitely get worried easily,” she said.

Brookins added there isn’t much left to do as far as costumes, which makes things easier this close to showtime.

What most people probably don’t expect, Brookins said, is her role in quick changes.

“We are backstage all the time because we are helping people change in and out of clothing,” Brookins said. “We also make a lot of clothing that has to be specifically used for quick changes so we have to take that into consideration when we are making it.”

With bonds forged between cast and crew, both Brookins and Hayes invite the public to see what they have put together and promise a howling good time.

Northwest Editor Sean Roberts can be reached at sean.roberts@mycouriertribune.com or 389-6606.

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